Kitchen Preparations for a Seamless Holiday Season

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Nina Farmer Interiors

 

As the holidays draw nearer, we’re thinking about all the preparations we still need to make–especially in the kitchen

 

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Robert A.M. Stern

 

Some of them are simple, like gathering all the pot holders and towels and putting them beside the stove. 

 

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

(How do they migrate to different drawers over the course of the year? Maybe it’s the same force of nature that creates all those missing socks in the dryer.) 

 

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Tracy Hardenburg Design

 

Others are more complex like Mom deciding that December 4 was the ideal time to take down her wallpaper and art and curtains and redo the kitchen and breakfast room

 

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Branca Interiors

 

But we think the most important ones have to do with relinquishing anything and everything that no longer has a place in our kitchen.

 

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Paul Bates Architects

 

The Crock Pot we haven’t used in a decade–or at least since that episode of This is Us. (Kidding! Kidding! We use ours all the time.)

 

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Marianne Simon Design

 

The storage containers with no lids.

 

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Coco & Jack

 

The baby bottles from the now seven year old. 

 

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Cantley & Co

 

We’re most excited to clear the clutter, leave a streamlined kitchen for holiday cooking–and maybe even prepare for a kitchen-related gift or two.  

 

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Peter Pennoyer

 

Do you have any kitchen goodies or gadgets on your wishlist this year? We’d love to know what they are!

 

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Tracy Lynn Studio

 

And, more important, what kitchen preparations make your home feel ready for the holidays?

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Today’s the day! Today’s the day! At noon today, Southern Living is revealing the cover of my new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE —and offering an exclusive sneak peek of its first chapter. We can’t wait to celebrate here tomorrow, so make sure you stop back by!

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Tour the Home of Designer Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

 

Tour the Home of Suzanne Kasler

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Renovation of an English Townhouse

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A Dream Kitchen by deVol

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Serena & Lily bedroom

 

Preparing the Guest Room for the Holidays

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The Christmas Book - Neiman Marcus

 

Take a Peek at the 2018 Christmas Book

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If you need a good read for these chilly fall evenings, why not check out my national bestselling The Secret to Southern Charm

 

The Secret to southern Charm

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

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Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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House Tour: Hám Interior Design

If you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design in yesterday’s post as much as we did, then this house tour is sure to be a treat. 

A mix of shiplap, fine architectural details, black and white flooring with updated finishes, this is a home that is at once livable and stylish. 

A chic reading nook in a beautiful office is a perfect unique touch that makes this home feel cozy as can be,

And an updated kitchen with touches of old world charm combine effortlessly,

The right blend of form, function and whimsy.

An easy, calming color palette lends an instant serene vibe from the entrance hall to the dining room and beyond.  

And what we perhaps love the most about this home is the splashes of the unexpected–like the bold art in this bathroom–that sets this place apart from all the rest. 

Pops of color keep it just light enough, 

While a pretty mix of details add character in every space. 

A place for everything is the icing on the cake! 

We hope you’ve loved this British getaway from Hám Interior Design just as much as we have! 

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AD: Creating a Kitchen with the Corian Moodboard Maker

Corian Moodboard MakerThis is a paid advertorial with Corian® Design

It has been a few years since we have undertaken a kitchen design project. But, when a great friend wouldn’t take no for an answer asked us to redo his kitchen, it was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down. He wanted to channel the feel of the coast, something clean, elegant and just a little bit casual. Instantly, we knew it was a project we couldn’t resist–and we knew the first place we would turn to for help planning was the Corian Moodboard Maker

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The Corian Moodboard Maker is a totally unique concept that makes stunning moodboards to channel the feel that you or the client are looking for instantly. Our first choice for this moodboard? The countertops, of course! For cooking and eating, entertaining and enjoying, nothing is as durable as Corian(R) Quartz. It’s hard to pick a favorite color, but Corian Calacatta Natura seemed like the perfect fit for this kitchen. It embodied that clean, crisp coastal look our client was wanting to embrace in a way that is totally low-maintenance. 

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Lisa Berman via Dering Hall

 

So many cabinet colors look fabulous with  Corian Quartz Calacatta Natura, but gray accents the beautiful veining in this quartz so well that we couldn’t resist the combination. 

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Martha Stewart’s Kitchen – Eric Piasecki Photography

 

We don’t know about you, but we are loving gray and brass right now. These latches and pulls give a distinctive look to the cabinetry that is truly classic. 

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Alison Kayne’s Kitchen via One Kings Lane

 

The countertops are so elegant that we love the juxtaposition of a simple subway tile backsplash–with gray grout, of course. Gray grout is a simple, inexpensive upgrade to a low maintenance kitchen choice. 

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Corian(R) Quartz Calacatta Natura

 

We love that we were able to incorporate all these elements that we love so much into our Corian Moodboard to show our client and give him a feel for what his new space will look like in a single glance. 

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Nest Studio Facet Knob

 

An elegant splash of gold…

Stark Carpet Chinese Seagrass Runner

 

The casual touch of seagrass…

 

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Regina Andrew Clamshell

 

A pretty clamshell for a coastal touch…

Gray Shaker Doors

 

Gray shaker doors for a casual yet chic look…

Herringbone Floors

 

And herringbone hardwoods for a unique twist on an old favorite all combine together in one moodboard to create the perfect feel. If you haven’t tried the Corian Moodboard Maker yet, what are you waiting for? We know you’ll love it as much as we do!

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

For more chic inspiration, make sure to follow Corian on Instagram: @CorianDesign

 

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Open Shelving Lends a Streamlined Look

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Huff Harrington

 

It is one of our favorite additions to any kitchen

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Remodelista

 

Budget-friendly,

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CC&G

 

Totally practical,

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Tracery Interiors

 

And just as chic as its counterparts, 

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Studio McGee

 

Open shelving not only makes great use of space but also allows you to display all your favorite things!

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Studio McGee

 

We spent a lot of time picking out china and glasses, serving pieces and cookbooks, and we’re sure you did too!

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Daniella Villamil Interiors via Dering Hall

 

Why hide them away when they could become kitchen accessories?

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The Fox Group

 

Glass and brass shelving adds a glamorous feel, 

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Architectural Digest

 

While steel and wood lend a more modern, rustic vibe. Paint your shelving and it blends right it, 

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Coats Homes

 

Or go with glass to make it stand out! However open shelving comes, we’re huge fans of this streamlined look.

Would you choose open shelving or stick with cabinets? 

We hope you had the best weekend, friends! Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love seeing you here!

 

the secret to southern charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

 

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 2: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event 

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Tour a Southampton Home Designed by Bunny Williams

Southampton home living room from Bunny Williams

 

Tour a Southampton Home Designed by Bunny Williams

–  architectural digest

 

London kitchen

 

A Charming Kitchen in London

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Tory Burch tabletop

 

Designer Amy Berry’s Table-Setting Tips

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Serena & Lily bedroom

 

Beautiful Bed Dressed in White Linen for Summer 

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The Perfect Accessories for Your Summer Outfit

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

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The Secret to Southern Charm Events

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

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